All year - Rooms 6 - Capacity 23

Kroussonas, Heraklion, Crete

Studios & Apartments Guest house

Activities Stay & Bike Mountain stay Stay & Harvest Cuisine lessons Farm Stay


At 30 km from Heraklion and at an altitude of 1.040m, the traditional cottages Arodamos are located in plain nature, in a beautiful environment with stunning views over the fertile plateau of Kroussonas and mountains of Crete. The charming welcome by the owners, the authenticity of the accommodation and quiet location make an ideal base for exploring this beautiful region, classified Natura 2000.

Overlooking the Kroussonas plateau, the six independent cottages are built with the utmost respect for the environment and operate with renewable sources of energy, photovoltaic and small windmill nearby. 

At your disposal, a cozy sitting room, used as reception, where you can plan your daily trips with the help of the charming owners Irini and Giannis or, during the winter time, there you can relax around the fireplace having a warm drink. 

The must of the place is the tavern with its famous Cretan recipes passed down from generation to generation, prepared from the produce of the region and from vegetables coming from the family’s garden. The tavern offers hot and cold beverages, pastries and homemade specialties.

The rich breakfast is served either in the tavern or on the terrace under the pergola. Composed of sweet and salty pies (“pites”), marmalades, fruit juice and fresh homemade bread, it is an excellent start of the day. 

A beautiful swimming pool in a nicely designed space awaits you upon your return from daily trip for a refreshing dive. 

Stay & Bike Mountain stay Stay & Harvest Cuisine lessons Farm Stay

Guest Inn Opinion

A perfect compromise for a nice exploration of this unique region, far from mass tourism, combining relaxation in comfortable cottages, absolute calmness and tasty cuisine.


Sitting room
Breakfast Room
Swimming Pool
Children's open area
Mountain bikes free of charge
Cleaning service 3 times a week
Firewood for free
WiFi Internet acces
Private parking
Towels & sheets included

Spoken Languages

English, French

Customer Reviews

Antoon & Ragnhild / Belgique / May, 2014
we very much enjoyed our stay at Arodamos. We enjoyed the very warm welcome by Yannis and Irina, the cottage was very cosy and well equiped, the food was very good, the view splendid, our children were delighted by the donkey ride. We would recommend the cottages to everyone who likes to stay in the midst of Creta's wonderful nature

Ute K. / Suisse / September, 2011
Arodamos was an wonderful guesthouse, very nice surrounding – the description on your website was exactly what we have found: very nice keepers, wonderful cooking, lovely surrounding and accommodation. We do highly recommend this place and its owners!!! Although in future we are going to book our accommodation with you

Martin S. / France / August, 2011
Notre séjour à ARODAMOS en août a été très satisfaisant : excellent accueil, très sympathique ; bonne cuisine, en qualité et en quantité ; hébergements très bien conçus, en particulier pour une famille (mezzanine) ; le mobilier est excellent et permet d’être autonome ; quelques détails agréables (café, thé à disposition) ; l’environnement est très agréable, dégagé, calme, à l’écart ; très bon chemin d’accès ; activités : la piscine (très agréable et propre), le tir à l’arc, et l’âne qui tire le traîneau sur le blé, ont bien plu aux enfants (10 ans) ; le prix : très correct pour un bon niveau de prestations


House up to 5 persons (×1 ) 50 m2

Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1

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House up to 3 persons (×2 ) 40 m2

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House up to 4 persons (×3 ) 60 m2

Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1

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Map & Access

Access Information

From Heraklion (30km, 1h00 approx.) Take the National Road to Rethymnon and after the village of Gazi, continue towards Kroussonas. Cross the village and then follow the signs for the Monastery of Ag. Irini. In continuation, follow the wooden plates of "Arodamos" ("Αρόδαμος" in greek).


12.0 km
12.0 km
Archaeological Site
28.0 km
30.0 km
Closest Airport
35.0 km
Closest Port
30.0 km
1.0 km
25.0 km

Calculate your itinerary

To see / To do

Explore the Greek countryside on your bike. Mountain bikes are available at the guesthouse or at a maximum distance of 5 km
Guesthouses located at an altitude of at least 800m, in a perfect setting for relaxation, walks and activities close to nature
Share our owners' love for their land, and participate to the annual harvest of the farm
Our owners will share and teach you the secrets of the local cuisine. Taste the delicious Greek traditional recipies.
Stay on a farm, meet the locals, discover many agricultural activities and try local products

Traditional cooking classes at the tavern of the guesthouse by Irini
The Tsikandilaki family will be very glad to share with you their passion for the professions of the past:
threshing of wheat, bread and cheese making, textiles producing with traditional methods.

The pottery workshop and all stages of manufacture, starting from collecting the clay from the earth.

We must not omit to mention the botanical garden with aromatic herbs of Crete and cows, chickens and goats in a field nearby.

For those who prefer sports, you can do archery and mountain biking with the 4 bikes available at the guesthouse.

You can visit the female monastery, Agia Irini, at 10 km. For walkers, there is a beautiful trail up to gorge of Agia Irini.

Drive up to the plateau of Kroussonas, at 1,200 m altitude, you'll see there the "Mitata", traditional animal shelters, as well as many orchards with apple and almond trees.

The last couples of eagles, a protected and endangered species, took refuge on the mountain region of Gournos, classified Natura 2000.

In the village of Kroussonas, at 12 km, you will find shops, banks and ATM, post office, pharmacies, supermarkets, a cooperative of local products, taverns, cafes, etc. ...

The sandy beach of Amoudara, at 25 km, is the nearest one.

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